Thursday, July 9, 2015

Russia: Donbass should be under Kiev in accordance with Minsk; Pushkov, but now after the PA OSCE vote, we do see Kiev as "semi-criminal"

After calling the Kiev regime "legitimate," "best opportunity for Ukraine," "partners," "colleagues," "friends" for more than a year, few Russian officials are now trying here and there to sound tones a bit more reflective of the true character of the regime.

Thus, Alexey Pushkov now calls Ukraine (its regime) "odious" and "SEMI-criminal." Moving from legitimate partners and framing Poroshenko as "the party of peace" to semi-criminal does look like a progress of sorts.

Pushkov's reaction was occasioned by the OSCE PA resolution adopted on July 1. "The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly earlier endorsed a resolution condemning Russia’s actions in Ukraine. The document proposed by Canada and Ukraine was supported by 96 members, 7 voted against and 32 abstained. The resolution will now become part of the Helsinki Declaration - a common document to be passed at the end of the annual session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly."  The adopted resolution "deplores the armed intervention by forces under the control of the Russian Federation in Ukraine, and the human rights violations that they continue to cause.” It further expresses “unequivocal support for the sovereignty, political independence, unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine”; discredits the March 2014 referendum in Crimea; and notes the “particular vulnerability of Crimean Tatars, Roma, Jews and other minority groups” in the conflict.

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